How to configure surcharges

A surcharge, also known as checkout fee, is an extra fee charged by a merchant when receiving a payment by cheque, credit card, charge card or debit card (but not cash) which at least covers the cost to the merchant of accepting that means of payment, such as the merchant service fee imposed by a credit card company.

Surcharges in Oscar

Configuring surcharges requires overriding Oscar’s core ‘checkout’ app and providing your own SurchargeApplicator class (see Customising Oscar) that returns your chosen surcharge instances.

The primary responsibility of the SurchargeApplicator class is to provide the available surcharge methods for a particular scenario. This is done via the get_applicable_surcharges() method, which returns the surcharges available to the customer.

This method is called in several places:

  • To look up the “default” surcharges so that sample surcharges can be shown on the basket detail page.

  • To give the applicable surcharges to the order total calculator so wo can show the correct price breakdown.

The get_applicable_surcharges method takes the basket and any other kwargs. These kwargs can later be determined when setting up your own surcharges.

Note that you can also implement surcharges as models just like shipping methods.

Custom applicators

If the available surcharges are the same for all customers and payment methods, then override the get_surcharges method of the repository:

from decimal import Decimal as D
from oscar.apps.checkout import applicator
from . import surcharges

class SurchargeApplicator(applicator.SurchargeApplicator):
    def get_surcharges(self, basket, **kwargs):
        return (

For more complex logic, override the is_applicable method:

from oscar.apps.checkout import applicator

class SurchargeApplicator(applicator.SurchargeApplicator):

    def is_applicable(self, surcharge, basket, **kwargs):
        payment_method_code = kwargs.get("payment_method_code", None)
        if payment_method is not None and payment_method_code == "paypal":
            return True
            return False


Surcharges need to implement a certain API. They need to have the following properties which define the metadata about the surcharge:

  • name - The name of the surcharges. This will be visible to the customer during checkout and is translatable

  • code - The code of the surcharge. This could be the slugified name or anything else. The code is used as a non-translatable identifier for a charge.

Further, each surcharge must implement a calculate method which accepts the basket instance as a parameter and returns a Price instance. Most surcharges subclass BaseSurcharge, which stubs this API.

Core surcharges

Oscar ships with several re-usable surcharges which can be used as-is, or subclassed and customised:

  • PercentageCharge - percentage based charge

  • FlatCharge - flat surcharge

    Example usage:

from decimal import Decimal as D
from oscar.apps.checkout import surcharges

percentage_charge = surcharges.PercentageCharge(percentage=D("2.00"))
flat_charge = surcharges.FlatCharge(excl_tax=D("10.00"), incl_tax=D("12.10"))